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The Long Goodbye Reviews

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Top Critic
Pauline Kael
New Yorker
April 18, 2016
Raymond Chandler's sentimental foolishness is the taking-off place for Robert Altman's heady, whirling sideshow of a movie, set in the early-seventies L.A. of the stoned sensibility.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 4, 2015
... one of those movies that always flits through my mind when someone asks me to name my favorite movies of all time. I usually don't mention it, but it's always there, on the periphery. It's at least one of my two or three favorite Altmans.
| Original Score: 92/100
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
December 15, 2014
The Long Goodbye as a whole peels back the surfaces of private-eye stories, paying special attention to their macho bluster and abused women.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Larsen
December 9, 2014
A playful de-romanticizing of the detective genre...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 12, 2013
Robert Altman orchestrates a jangly genre autopsy, mischievous and brutal
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 14, 2011
A reminder that meaning, if it is to be found at all, is not always revealed through a linear assessment of hints and clues, but simply stumbled upon.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 4, 2010
The look, the unconventional cast and the unconventional story make this a unique film, one of Altman's best.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
January 11, 2009
Robert Altman's labyrinthine take on the Raymond Chandler classic is noir unburdened by a straight narrative - it's a triumph of atmosphere and attitude, a swiftly unfolding whodunit punctuated by subversive absurdities and shattering acts of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
July 11, 2007
Everywhere you look, there's something delightfully weird going on ... Altman and company fashion a state of slouching, freeform Zen that no one else has ever really duplicated.
Shawn Levy
June 15, 2007
When he was very near the top of his early peak, [Robert] Altman did the darnedest thing and made a private-eye movie -- or maybe a parody of a private-eye movie; it's hard to say. And he may never have topped it.
| Original Score: A-
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
April 18, 2007
Simultaneously an act of revisionism as well as a parody of then-revitalizing neo-noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Fienberg
September 13, 2005
The reluctant and satirical mystery is one of the great Los Angeles movies and makes a great compliment to, say, The Big Lebowski.
| Original Score: 5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 30, 2005
Droll, cunning and magnificently woozy.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 9, 2005
More a film about friendship and betrayal than murder.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 15, 2004
[A] great classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
It tries to be all genre and no story, and it almost works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 23, 2004
Fairly good hard boiled detective story
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
September 14, 2003
It ends up with mixed results -- Marlowe is drawn as a goofy daydreamer (Altman calls him Rip Van Marlowe) and his story only gets interesting when Sterling Hayden, channeling Hemingway, goes bananas.
| Original Score: 3/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 21, 2003
One of the greatest detective films of all time.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
[Altman] attempts the impossible and pulls it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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